Dryer Outage Postmortem

Seattle, Washington. Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 the Collins household discovered the control panel of the LG DLE2516W did not respond to button pushes.

DuckDuckGo was consulted. LG support provides troubleshooting steps.

  • Unplug unit.
  • Press & hold power button for 5 seconds.
  • Press & hold start button for 5 seconds.
  • Plug in unit.

Instructions were followed with no change in behavior. Unit still unresponsive.

Household administrator researches potential fixes. Likely culprits:

  • Circuit tripped at circuit breaker.
  • Faulty door switch.
  • Blown high temperature fuse in heater.

Multimeter is not on premises. Multimeter, door switch, and high temperature fuse purchased from

Thursday, December 12th, 2019. Door switch arrives. Replaced on unit. No change. Collins leave on trip to Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019. Multimeter and fuse arrive. High voltage outlet and unit power supply measure 240v.

To access high temperature fuse entire unit must be disassembled.

Unit disassembled. Multimeter finds fuse to be in working order. Replaced anyway. Ducts inspected and reveal no blockage.

Unit reassembled. Control board lights up when power button pressed. When start is pressed a relay clicks but motor does not engage (queue Picard).

Unit disassembled. Previous reassembly found to be performed by incompetent technician. Assembler received cursing. Curser and cursee roles were fulfilled by the same person.

Unit reassembled. Powers on. Motor starts.

There was much rejoicing.

Steps to prevent future outages: clean the lint from the filter.